ITHACA, N.Y. – Fresh off a 26 win season in his inaugural campaign, Eric Ambrosio (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.) continued to showcase his talent this past weekend at the Cornell ITA Summer Circuit, an Intercollegiate Tennis Association sanctioned event hosted by Cornell University. Ambrosio, along with good friend and teammate Zach Morris, won the Doubles Tournament at the Reis Tennis Center, after outlasting a field of 28 teams over the four-day event.
The ITA Summer Circuit is made up of eight regional circuits (East, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Central, Mountain, Texas and West) consisting of four consecutive open tournaments played during the month of July, leading up to the USTA/ITA National Summer Championships in Bloomington, Indiana in August. The event features elite collegiate talent from all over the country.
"It was great to see Eric win the doubles tournament with a fellow member of the Northeast Conference, Bryant's Zach Morris," said Quinnipiac Men's Tennis Head Coach Mike Quitko. "Eric and Zach defeated some very strong opponents from the top conferences within the NCAA Division I."
Ambrosio and Morris earned a bye in the first round of the tournament, before earning three straight, 8-4 victories to advance to the finals. The duo defeated Justin Pagan (NEC-Sacred Heart University) and John D'Alessandro in the second round, Zachary Baker and Aswin Nambi (India) in the quarterfinals, and Adam Salam (NEC-Mount St. Mary's) and Troy Beneck (University of Delaware) in the semifinals. In the finals, the tandem met up with a pair from Georgetown University. Ambrosio and Morris topped Alex Tropiano and John Brosens, 8-6, to win the doubles tournament.
Ambrosio also fared well in the singles tournament, advancing to the third round of the 128-player field. He defeated Pagan, 6-1, 6-4, in the first round, D'Alessandro, 4-6, 6-2, 10-7, in the second round, before falling to Daniel Hoang, 6-2, 7-6, in the third round.
Nearly 30,000 men and women have competed in ITA Summer Circuit events since it began in 1993. The circuit provides college (and junior and alumni) players the opportunity to compete in organized events virtually year round. Although the primary focus of the circuit is to provide incoming freshmen and collegiate players the chance to compete in the summer months, for NCAA compliance purposes, the events within the ITA Summer Circuit are categorized as "open"; therefore anyone is eligible to compete in these events.
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